Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Venom bites head off October box office record

Venom bites head off October box office record

The consensus reads, "Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man". The previous record-holder, Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi thriller Gravity, had earned 55.7 million dollars. All of which suggests the aliens are going to absolutely love the Venom/A Star Is Born cross-over film someone is frantically pitching as we speak.

Sony is hoping "Venom" will launch a shared universe similar to Disney's lucrative superhero franchise.

A very different movie took second place: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's remake of A Star is Born earned $41.3 million.

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As Warner Bros. domestic distribution head Jeff Goldstein tells Variety, "A Star Is Born" is poised to have a long, successful run at the box office. Venom has also easily surpassed its reported budget of $100 million. "It's a movie that will be around for months", Goldstein explained. What's also impressive is the turnout for the movie despite another much-talked-about title also opening this weekend, "A Star Is Born".

Next up we have "First Man" and "Bad Times at the El Royale" on October 12.

Lionsgate-CBS Films' second weekend of "Hell Fest" was battling for eighth place with Warner's eighth weekend of "Crazy Rich Asians" with $2.1 million each.

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Coming in fourth was last weekend's champion, Universal's Night School, whose earnings dropped almost US$16 million to US$12.3 million this weekend.

But at least No. 3 "Smallfoot" and No. 4 "Night School" were in eight digits - at $14.9 million and $12.75 million respectively.

The two films dominated the marketplace, though in limited release, Fox 2000's "The Hate U Give" opened with $500,000 on 36 screens.

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